Hiking Schedule

Thank you to those that volunteered to start hikes in past seasons! Our club is very lucky to have energetic community minded members, and we would like to expand our Winter Season offerings.  Do you have a favorite 2-3 hr winter activity or hike to share for the 2018-19 season, beginning October 1, 2018?
To start a hike or other activity for any Sat. or holiday, call or email                          Duncan Bailey,  860-334-7503,  brtibailey@gmail.com     

 Information needed:

  • Hike Name – usually location or park name, Date, Time – stick with 10:00 AM
  • Exact physical location of meeting location
  • Short Hike Description, might include trail name, points of interest, hazards
  • requiring care and/or special gear
  • Approximate mileage and completion time
  • Cancellation parameters, usually weather-related
  • Post event gathering ideas, if any


1. Snowshoeing
2.  Cross Country Skiing
3.  Mountain Bikes Rides
4. Ice Skating
5. Sledding


  • All participants should carry personal ID and insurance information.
  • Hikers are encouraged to partner up if unsure of capabilities.hiking trail sign
  • Hikes/ Winter Events are on Saturday or Holidays Starting Hiking 10 AM unless posted otherwise.
  • Please arrive 15 min. early to sign in and gear up.
  • Rain Cancels hikes.
  • Wear Bright Colors/Blaze Orange Recommended and REQUIRED in R. I. Sept-May 31.
  • Hikers should carry their own water bottle and snack.
  • Pack-sized first aid kits are recommended for all outdoor activities.
  • Inclusion of hiking dogs is at the discretion of that hike’s starter. Thank you for keeping Hiking dogs leashed at all times.
  • Car Pool whenever possible.
  • CPL= Commuter Parking Lot
  • TBD= To be decided.

For any unanswered questions, please contact the Starter listed at the end of that hike description.

Hiking Links: Connecticut Explorer’s Guide, free online maps and guides.
Ten Essentials For A Safe Hike www.ctwoodlands.org

2018 – 2019 FALL, WINTER + SPRING Season Oct 2018 – April 2019


Saturday,  Oct. 20, 2018, 10 AM, – Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike at WolfDen, Mashamoquet Park, Pomfret,Ct.  Moderate with some hills, 5 miles.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Turn left again into the access rd. to parking lot near the ranger station.
Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Starters-Maureen & Jim 860.303.3727


Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 – 10:00AM  Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT  interior and coastal trail hike.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Moderate 2 + hr/approx 6+ mi. hike on somewhat variable terrain, circumnavigating the wooded interior of the park, but also allowing for good views of Fisher’s Island Sound. Wear hiking shoes with good traction for negotiating leaf fall.

Directions from I-95 North or South in Groton, take  Exit 88.  If coming from the South turn right onto SR 117 South, and if from the North, turn left onto SR 117.  Turn right at the end onto  Rt. 1 South.  Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road and continue under railroad bridge to the end of the road and the main parking area.                  Starter: Jennifer Scott  860-460-6906


Saturday, Nov 10, 2018   Lyme Corner Trails (Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands, and Young Preserve)

Meet at 9:45 AM for a 10:00 AM start. for approx. 4 hour hike exploring Lyme Corner trails. Rain cancels
Directions:  Meet at Hartman Park parking lot on Gungy Rd in Lyme.
From Route 1 in Old Lyme, go north on Grassy Hill Rd-this becomes Gungy Rd north of Beaver Brook Rd.
Hartman Park parking lot is on the right.
Trail map is available at:
http://www.lymelandtrust.org/trail-maps/Lyme Corner Trails (Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands, and Young Preserve).
Debbie Tedford  datedfordct@gmail.com (860-373-8596)
Barry Gorfain barrygorfain@gmail.com  (860-705-3828)

Saturday,  Nov. 17, 2018 – 10:00AM
Hike the Selden Creek / Brockway – Hawthorne Preserves, Lyme, Ct.

Route of choice includes very scenic overlooks out to Selden Island and Whalebone Creek Ravine, along with some steep hill hiking over unique terrain for 5 ½ – 6 miles, at 2 – 2 ½ mi/hr pace.

Prepare for wet-to-frozen hiking conditions, to include hiking poles, and boot traction as terrain is hilly with wet areas to negotiate.  Leashed, good-natured dogs welcome.

Meet by 9:45 AM at the Selden Creek Preserve-Ravine Trail parking pull-off on the West side of Joshuatown Rd. Lyme, Ct for a 10:00 AM start.

Directions:  From Old Lyme, take Rt. 156 North through Hamburg Cove, then continue for about ½ mile, turn left onto Joshuatown Rd,  travel for 3 ½ -4 miles. Parking area is on the left, opposite preserve sign on right.  From Rt. 82-Rt. 148 at Hadlyme Gen. Store, take Rt. 148 / Ferry Rd. West, following signs for Ct. River Hadlyme Ferry, turn left onto Joshuatown Rd.  Drive about 1 ½  miles to parking lot on right.

Please refer to this website page for all updates concerning this event.

Trail Map   http://www.lymelandtrust.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SeldenRavineB-HpreserveDraft2017.pdf

Leaders: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey.  Email:    brtibailey@gmail.com   860 334 7503


Saturday,  Nov. 24, 2018 – 10:00AM – Hike Rocky Neck Niantic, CT
Easy Thanksgiving weekend hike. Meet at dirt parking area across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte 156, Niantic. west of Rocky Neck Connector.GPS: 275 W Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 Starters:Gretchen and John-860-739-8575

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 10 AM – Mystic, CT 

‘The Mystic Tri’     Explore BeeBe Pond Preserve→MooreWoodlands→Pequot Woods via 5 mile loop hike. Variation of easy/ moderate terrain .
Meet: trail head located across from 220 Judson Ave, Mystic, CT 06355. Plenty of on-street parking.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt start at 10:00 a.m.                                 
Note*** some areas of the trail can be wet and boggy- wear appropriate footwear.                   
Leader: Cathryn Dolan 860-514-5847
Heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions cancel.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 10 AM – Groton, CT
Haley Farm→Merritt Family Farm ( a GOSA property) via 5.2 mile loop hike. Easy to slightly moderate terrain
Meet no later than 9:45 AM at the Haley Farm State Park car park, Haley Farm Lane, Groton, CT for a 10:00 AM start. Directions can be obtained at the Groton Open Space Association (GOSA) website, under the Haley Farm State Park heading.

Leader: Cathryn Dolan at 860 514 5947
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018,  10 AM – Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve  Niantic, CT  
Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve
10 Memorial Park Drive, Niantic, CT 06357
Meet at 9:45 for a 10AM start.
A moderate paced outer loop hike using the red and blue trails with a snack break at the Quarry.
Approximately 3.5 to 4 miles, 2.5 to 3 hours.
Rain or bad driving cancels.
Optional lunch downtown after.

Leaders:  Gary and Jo-Ann Carlson 860 691 0657

Tuesday, Jan.1, 2019 10 am NEW YEARS DAY at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I
2 hour loop. Hike in any weather. A “Hot chocolate stop” after apprx. 1hr. Bring yak traks, micro spikes, and/ or snow shoes if the weather and conditions warrant. Leader will provide a stove for heating. Bring your water, and favorite beverage, and cup.** R.I. enforces hikers to wear  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while on the trails.

Directions -Meet at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot at junction of Rte 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd,  West Exeter, Rhode Island. Hazardous driving conditions Cancel. Leaders: Duncan and Mary Jo 860 334 7503 c. -860-514-5869 c.

*** NOTE Correction  Sunday Jan 6, 2019 Hike Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, CT 
Sunday, January 6, 10 am   Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

Address:  275 Great Neck Road, Waterford
Come and hike a gentle 4 miles in one of Connecticut’s most beautiful state parks featuring a wildlife marsh preserve, shoreline beach, stunning views of Long Island sound, historic gardens and architecture from a bygone era.  Binoculars may be fun.  We will walk on grass and park roads

Learn more at www.harkness.org  (Binoculars may be fun).We will walk on grass and park roads.  Bad weather cancels.

Meet at the main state park parking area at 9:45 am for 10 am start.  Ample Parking.  


From I-95 South: Go to exit 81. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto access road and
proceed to stop light. At light, turn left onto Cross Road and continue to intersection with Boston Post Road,Route 1. Turn left and continue to light at Avery Lane; turn right. Avery will become Great Neck Road, route 213.
The park will be two miles ahead on the right.

From I-95 North: Go to exit 75, bear right at end of exit ramp and proceed onto Boston Post Road, Route 1. Go 3 miles to Avery Lane and proceed as described above.
Questions? – Laurette at 860-614-4021 or laurettesaller@gmail.com

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019, 10 AM- East Lyme, CT                                                     
Robert H. Goodwin Preserve, for a 6 mile hike/snowshoe. Easy/moderate terrain.
Meet:East Lyme High School, 30 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme, CT.
Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt departure at 10:00 a.m. to Trailhead (TH) ~1.2 miles away.

Due to the small size of the parking area at (TH), we may need to carpool depending on size of our group.
Note*** ice stabilizers may be needed as some trail surface can be ice covered. Leader:Cathryn Dolan 860-514-5847
Heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions cancel.
The Walden Preserve, Salem, CT  Hike will be rescheduled later this season.
Salem Land Trust

****NOTE: If you would like to attend a hike or outing previously enjoyed, and /or assist in it’s development, please email Duncan to get things started.